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Parade of Lights to kick off in San Diego Bay

SAN DIEGO – The first installment of the 43rd annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is scheduled for Sunday evening.

The event features more than 80 festively decorated boats sailing down a parade route from Shelter Island south toward the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge.

The best viewing sites include Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and the Ferry Landing in Coronado. Also, the Port of San Diego will offer seats and concessions at the foot of Broadway Pier.

The port encourages attendees to use public transportation. The parking lot at the B Street Pier will be closed because of a cruise ship arrival, according to port officials.

The parade will be run again next Sunday.

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Tourism ministry to supportAustralian academy's yacht

(MENAFN – Muscat Daily) One of the best sailing academies in the world – the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) Youth Sailing Academy – will now have an Omani connection.

The sultanate’s Ministry of Tourism (MoT) signed a sponsorship agreement with the Sydney-based academy on Thursday.

Oman’s tourism ministry will sponsor one of the ten Elliott 7m fixed keel yachts at the leading academy. The agreement is expected to strengthen maritime links between Australia and Oman and acknowledge the rich maritime history of the Gulf nation.

Mona Tannous Country Manager for Oman Tourism in Australia and New Zealand said ‘It was an easy decision for Oman to go ahead with this sponsorship considering the strong synergy between Oman Sail and the CYCA in their
objective to introduce the sport of sailing to youngsters and instill a sense of team spirit among young Omanis and Australians. This collaboration will strengthen links between Oman with Australia.’

Salim al Mamari Director-General of Tourism Promotions at Oman’s tourism ministry said ‘We take great pleasure in having the opportunity to become involved with the highly esteemed CYCA Youth Sailing Academy through our sponsorship of an Elliott 7. This initiative will provide us the opportunity to develop strong links among Oman Sail the CYCA and the Australian sailing community.’

Also present at the signing ceremony was David Graham CEO of Oman Sail.

CYCA commodore John Cameron thanked Oman’s tourism ministry and Oman Sail. ‘Sponsors are integral in ensuring that the many programmes and regattas the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy conducts are delivered to the highest possible standard and assist in maintaining one of the newest fleets of match racing boats in Australia.’

Cameron added ‘The academy celebrated its 20th anniversary last year and continues to be one of the leading youth sailing academies in Australia.”

Although the CYCA is best known for conducting the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race its Youth Sailing Academy is well regarded nationally as well as internationally.

The objective of the academy is to promote youngsters in offshore keel boat racing by providing ways for young sailors aged between 12-24 years to develop the skills necessary to achieve that goal.

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